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Twitter to automatically loop videos shorter than 6.5 seconds as Vine shuts down

With the new feature, short videos even from other apps will be played in a loop on Twitter.

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It looks like there s no alternative to Twitter s Vine but the microblogging site itself. As the company kills its short video network, it has now decided to loop all mini videos shared on its site, which will essentially make all your Snapchat or Instagram clips play in continuation. Twitter has added a new feature that will now automatically play all videos shorter than 6.5 seconds on loop. These videos may not necessarily be from the newly launched Vine Camera app, but could be any short video, even the ones shot from your native camera app or other apps such as Snapchat. Also Read - Twitter Spaces coming soon to desktop: Report

Also Read - Twitter-owned live streaming platform Periscope shuts down after six years

Vine, with its six-second clips, pioneered the new-age short-form video style which in turn became the core format for services like Snapchat and Instagram. Four years after acquiring Vine, Twitter decided to pull the plug on the service, albeit only halfway. Vine has now been re-launched as a video-recording app called Vine Camera. According to a report on TechCrunch, the loop feature on Twitter started rolling out last week, but it has now come into notice of users. Also Read - Twitter allows people to add GIFs, stickers to Fleets: How to use?

The new Vine Camera app will essentially be a secondary app coming from Twitter, just like how Boomerang is for Instagram. With Boomerang, users can capture short videos which could play back and forth. However, the ability to record such clips has been now injected in the native Instagram app. If Twitter wants to catch up, the same ability could also be inserted into the app, where an option to add photo or video to tweets could also offer an option to capture a Vine clip, all within the main app. ALSO READ: Twitter to shutdown Vine; Pornhub offers to restore it to its NSFW glory

Meanwhile, despite a semi-killing of its Vine service, Twitter is allowing users of the network to download their videos before moving to the updated app. Sharing, liking, commenting and re-vining in Vine has been stopped. But users can still save their videos before they update it to the new Vine Camera app. If you don t update to Vine Camera, the app will stop working and you won t have any functionality, including the ability to save videos. The new Vine Camera app, on the other hand, allows one to make six-second looping videos which can be either posted directly to Twitter or can be saved on the phone.

Twitter, which had put itself up for acquisition late last year, failed to land any suitors and eventually also axed up to nine percent of its own staff. The microblogging site even considered selling off Vine service, but decided against giving someone else the charge of taking ahead the product which pioneered short video culture which inspired present day success stories of Snapchat and Instagram. ALSO READ: Giphy adds a new tool to save your Vines; here s how it works

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  • Published Date: January 18, 2017 4:04 PM IST



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